With different populations of people coming and going in Oneonta, it can make for an "interesting" and sometimes stressful driving experience.  I have come up with some suggestions to keep in mind before hopping in your vehicle to drive around town...

  • 1

    Drive the speed limit

    At least drive the speed limit to keep traffic flowing.  Don’t even think about driving 15 to 20.

  • 2

    Avoid turning left

    If you are one of the very brave who will dare to turn left from Elm Street onto Main then you either have a death wish or are a major daredevil since there's no way to see oncoming traffic.

  • 3

    Watch out for clueless college students

    Be VERY AWARE that college students always think they have the pedestrian right of way when it comes to crossing the street.  Much of the time, they don’t even look before crossing the street because they are used to having the right of way on campus.

  • 4

    Prepare to wait at this light

    There’s no way you’re getting through the green arrow to turn left from Rt. 28 on Oneonta’s Southside onto Lettis Highway unless you are one of the first five cars.

  • 5

    Use proper driving etiquette at 4-way stops

    Four-way stops operate on a first come-first served basis!  Don't jump ahead of your proper turn and proceed in the order of arrival at the stop.

  • 6

    Be a polite merger at the Mall

    When it comes to merging at the Southside Mall, see #5.  This is not New York City so no cut-throat driving!

  • 7

    Take heed of clueless visitors

    If you’re a visitor in town and don’t know where you’re going, you might want to google map it first so you aren’t one of those drivers going 15mph because you don’t know where you’re going.

  • 8

    Park the right way

    Learn to park evenly WITHIN the lines of the parking spot so others can get into their car and not ding your door in the process.

  • 9

    The proper way to drive on I-88

    We all hate driving on the horrible sections of I88 but if you stay in the left lane to avoid the bump, bump, bump, expect to get passed on the right.

  • 10

    Use turn signals!

    Remember that turn signals exist for a reason.  Are you really that lazy or is your attention somewhere else completely?  Either way, YIKES!

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